June 16, 2012

Winestock 2012 gets a break with fabulous summer weather

THREE BROTHERS WINERY, Seneca County, New York - If the third time is a charm (and I believe it is...) then it worked for the 3rd annual Winestock NY, a festival held this Saturday to celebrate good wine, good food and good music.

The procession in to Winestock 2012
About 15 wineries participated in the event under almost cloudless skies with temperatures in the low 80s.

Last year it rained so hard I thought I had mistakenly returned to coastal Mexico in mid-June. (Not a good place, unless you like 100 percent humidity and temperatures in the 90s...)_

There was lots of competition for people's attention this weekend besides Winestock. In Watkins Glen, the hugely popular Cardboard Boat Races drew a thousand people.

Still, Winestock might have set some attendance records.

By the time Admiral Fox and I arrived - just a half hour after the gate opened - so many people had already showed up that they were using  overflow parking out in the vineyard. It was actually quite cool to walk in via row Reisling 115. No grapes showing much yet, but the vines certainly looked healthy.

Limos at the ready
Winestock 2012 also had a number of limos and tour buses arrive (part of the reason smaller vehicles had to park outside the compound).

There was even a bridal party or two making its way around to wine tastings.

The music was excellent with a favorite blues guy, Delta Mike Shaw, performing on the center stage with several amigos. (See video of Mike on stage, below).

Lots of other familiar faces were there, too: Tina Hazlitt (who helps organize this each year, Jason Hazlitt and Rose (from the Hector Wine Company), Cindi and Lisa (representing Atwater) and probably a dozen other people from Red Newt Winery and Hazlitt's who I know, but didn't see.

It's still going on as I write this.

Hmm ... perhaps I should go back for just a couple of more tastings to track down any other amigos who I might have missed.

Jason Hazlitt, co-owner of the Hector Wine Company, pours for Winestock 2012 guests
Picking out the wedding wines

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